Posts Tagged ‘Flathead Lake’

Who needs National Parks…?

October 3rd, 2013 by teresa

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Well, we do!  Glacier National Park is the biggest attraction that draws our guests to our area and we think its certainly worth travelling from the four corners of the world to experience.

However, there is much. much more to experience in our backyard than Glacier National Park, and the silver lining of the current park closure, due to government shutdown, is that we can draw the attention of our guests to the supporting cast whilst the main star has temporarily left the stage.

For guests craving spectacular vistas you can take a trip up to Desert Mountain in the Flathead National Forest and view the peaks of Glacier National Park from a different perspective.  Whilst you are in the park you are in the midst of this snowcapped majesty, and we all know how hard it is to see the wood for the trees sometimes.  Bike, hike or drive this trail for breathtaking views of peaks and valleys right up to the US/Canada border and beyond.

Or, stay on the flat (in comparison), and enjoy the still water and tall pines around Hungry Horse Reservoir.  Great Northern peak (pictured above) dominates the views on this drive right around the reservoir.  Great for wildlife viewing, a spot of fishing or stopping off for a picnic at one of the many sites you’ll pass.  The Hungry Horse Dam in itself is well worth the visit and full of the history of the area (spot the huge ball on your drive through Hungry Horse used for clearing trees during the construction).

Polebridge Bakery tingles your tastebuds and takes you back in time to the days of the mercantile (its compulsory to bring us back some of their bear claws!).  The drive up offers yet another perspective of park peaks.  Jewel Basin, in the opposite direction, offers hiking options and scenery away from the park.

Take our word for it, there are outstanding vistas and hiking everywhere you turn.

Feel like you’re missing out on that famous scenic drive? Take a drive around 27 mile long Flathead Lake instead, stopping at art galleries in Bigfork, the Miracle of America museum in Polson and various microbreweries for a great day out.  The sunsets over the lake are beyond spectacular.

Looking for some history and culture?  Check out the Conrad Mansion for a glimpse into days gone by, and don’t forget our lodge!  Built originally to greet visitors to the park there are more than 100 years of history in those solid log beams!

Don’t be sad because the park is closed, be glad because you get to experience all the hidden gems that most visitors don’t find the time for.

Book your stay today and fall for all the Flathead Valley has to offer.

Whatever Washington is up to, WE can promise you you will not be disappointed!

Glacier National Park Summer Vacations

May 13th, 2013 by teresa

Blue sky against tall pines, long drawn out sunsets, a million and one stars – you will soon discover why they call Montana ‘Big Sky’ country! With summer temperatures possibly hitting 100 you will find the perfect opportunity to head off into the cool air of the mountains or to take a dip in the lakes and rivers. The beauty of Montana at the height of the season is unsurpassed and you will return from your travels with a photograph album that will become the envy of all your friends!

The Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins offers, within a five-mile radius, an array of activities appealing to all ages and a wide range of interests. The Flathead National Forest right outside our back door provides miles of trails for hiking and mountain biking and ample opportunities for fishing and hunting. Nearby Kalispell, Whitefish and Bigfork have plenty of boutiques and antique shops and, in the summer months, there are ample opportunities for water sports whether touring the Flathead Lake, rafting on the rivers or shooting down the slides at the nearby Big Sky Water Park.

Of course, there is always Glacier National Park, only 8 miles away and open year round, its our main attraction and with good reason!  Visitors to Glacier National Park enjoy the park’s 1 million acres of lakes, sweeping valleys and glacier carved mountains. Glacier is 40 miles wide from east to west, and 50 miles long north to south. A complete suite of wildlife that includes wolves, grizzly bears, lynx and other natural predators sets it apart from nearly every other national park, a park so naturally beautiful it is known as the “Crown Jewel of the Continent.”

Mountain bikes and fishing equipment are available for rental from the lodge.

When you are done exploring for the day, try dinner at one of our many local restaurants, or cook on the grill at the lodge and enjoy a game of horseshoes or volleyball in our backyard. The Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins are famous for our evening campfires, hosted by our staff and often accompanied by local musicians.

Regardless of the weather, season, or activity there is always spectacular scenery. With Montana’s Rocky Mountains as your backdrop, the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins will provide you with the perfect setting for your next family vacation, corporate retreat, or weekend getaway.

Use our convenient on-line reservations link or call us directly on 406-387-4420 . Also call toll free on 877-387-4420 .

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(photo courtesy Glacier Country)

Flathead Valley Activities

March 16th, 2013 by teresa

20sWhilst we are thrilled that we are located so close to Glacier National Park, we don’t want our guests to miss out on experiencing the rest of our back yard.  Glacier National Park is a tiny million acres of wilderness in comparison to the 2.4 million acres of the Flathead National Forest.  For guests seeking backcountry adventures beyond the constraints and crowds of the national park, the Forest offers many, many opportunities including three areas designated wilderness areas.  The Bob Marshall Wilderness is probably the most well known of these three, offering camping and fishing and an absence of motorised vehicles.

Within a 30 minute drive of your accommodation at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins is the beautiful Flathead Lake, the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi.  The 27 mile long lake has camping spots and boat launches around its periphery.  Take a drive around the entire lake stopping off at places of interest on your way.  Dip your toes in the crystal clear water at Yellow Bay or Lakeside, enjoy a meal at one of the restaurants overlooking the water, or shop for antiques and take an art walk at Bigfork.  Cherry orchards line the east side of the lake and cherry season is a must!  Don’t worry if you miss it – there are plenty of locally-made preserves around to enjoy. Eva Gates in Bigfork will even mail them to you!

Whitefish city is another local delight, whatever the time of year.  Home to the outstanding ski slopes of Whitefish Mountain Resort, you can take in the view from the summit whether skiing or enjoying one of the many summer activities on offer.  Enjoy a day mountain biking or ziplining.  Take a walk in the treetops or simply relax and indulge yourself in the day spa.

Movie theatres, restaurants, bars and bowling alleys are all available within a short drive, but we find our guests’ favorite way to while away the evening consists of toasting marshmallows around the firepit whilst watching the sun set in our big Montana sky.

Visit our website to select your lodging choice and book your stay here. We can’t wait to have you join us!

 

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